Enrollment Assistance

Thank you for visiting our web page. Below, we will discuss the typical ways students enroll in UWM Chemistry & Biochemistry courses and some common enrollment scenarios involving class permissions and messages in PAWS. Please read carefully and follow the action steps indicated.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Requisites Not Met

This message is typically seen when attempting to enroll in a course that requires prerequisites to be met prior to enrollment and the student has either not met the prerequisites, or may be a transfer student, and the ‘system’ has not yet recognized the earned transfer credits. This message may also be seen by students who have already taken the course 2 times and are trying to repeat the course for a 3rd attempt, please see the “Second Repeat (3rd Attempt)” section.

If you are unable to enroll in a course and receive the following message in PAWS “Requisites not met” please complete the following steps:

  1. Email a copy of your unofficial transcripts to the course instructor, and cc chem-ugc@uwm.edu, requesting permission to enroll in the course.
  2. Include a brief statement as to how you have met the prerequisites.
  3. If the course instructor approves, the Chemistry office will apply ‘Requisites Not Met’ permission in PAWS for you to enroll.

(Please note that you may have to remove the course from your PAWS cart and add it back in, this allows the ‘permission’ to apply to your account.)

Second Repeat (3rd Attempt)

Students trying to enroll in a course for the 3rd attempt may see the “Requisites Not Met” message in PAWS. Students are only allowed 3 attempts at completing a Chemistry course at UWM. This process is to make the student, college/advisor, and course instructor aware of this restriction. Please allow a couple weeks for this process. In addition to UWM Campus student support, the Chemistry Department also has free Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction available to all students and we strongly encourage all students no matter their academic standing to take full advantage of our free programs.

Students will need to complete the following steps to receive permission to enroll in PAWS:

  1. Complete the Registration Change Form, commonly called the Add/Drop form.
  2. Complete the Chemistry Department Second Repeat form.
  3. Obtain a copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  4. Email all three documents, listed in steps 1-3, to the course instructor, and cc chem-ugc@uwm.edu, requesting permission to enroll in the course.
  5. Include a brief statement describing the ways that you will approach the course differently than you have in the past and how you plan to seek assistance. We want all students to succeed in their courses and we have found it beneficial for students to identify the changes that they will commit to.
  6. If the course instructor approves, the Chemistry office will contact the student’s college to make a note on the student’s transcripts indicated a 3rd and final course attempt.
  7. If the college approves, the Chemistry office will send the completed forms to the Registrar’s office requesting permission for the student to enroll.
  8. If the Registrar’s Office approves, they will notify the student that they can now enroll in the course.

(Please note that you may have to remove the course from your PAWS cart and add it back in, this allows the ‘permission’ to apply to your account.)

Instructor Consent Required

This message is typically seen by students attempting to enroll in a course that requires Instructor Consent. NOTE: Undergraduate Research CHEM 691/692 applications must be completed prior to the Instructors Consent.

If you are unable to enroll in a course and receive the following message in PAWS “Instructor Consent Required…” please complete the following steps:

  1. Email the course instructor, and cc chem-ugc@uwm.edu, requesting permission to enroll.
  2. If the course instructor approves, the Chemistry office will apply ‘Instructor Consent’ permission in PAWS for you to enroll.

(Please note that you may have to remove the course from your PAWS cart and add it back in, this allows the ‘permission’ to apply to your account.)

Transfer Students

Transfer students, please see the “Requisites Not Met” section above.

Career Restriction

This message is typically seen by student attempting to enroll in a course that requires Instructor Consent.

If you are unable to enroll in a course and receive the following message in PAWS “Career Restriction” please complete the following steps:

  1. Talk to your Advisor about your course choices, if your advisor approves of your request then continue to step 2.
  2. Email the course instructor, and cc chem-ugc@uwm.edu, requesting permission to enroll. Please include your advisor’s approval.
  3. If the course instructor approves, the Chemistry office will apply ‘Career Restriction’ permission in PAWS for you to enroll.

(Please note that you may have to remove the course from your PAWS cart and add it back in, this allows the ‘permission’ to apply to your account.)

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